BOSTON - JULY 18: Boston Mayor Kevin H. White addressed the increasingly restless crowd at Boston Garden. "I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is that Mick Jagger has been arrested for assault and battery on a police officer and is now in jail in Rhode Island." The Garden crowd started to go crazy. "The good news is -- I've sprung him" continued White as the crowd went wild. (Photo by Ellis Herwig/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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Forty-five-years ago today, July 18, 1972, then Boston Mayor Kevin Hagen White become a rock star in his own right to Rolling Stone fans in Boston. The previous night, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had been arrested after getting into a scuffle a photographer in Providence. What Mayor White did goes down in political history as one of the most astute moves ever! The Boston Garden was boiling with angst and energy. The Stones were supposed to be a brief respite from the Boston riots, where residents were involved in a passionate fight with the city over forces busing issues.


Boston Mayor Frees Rolling Stones From RI Police - New England Historical Society

When Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards got arrested for drugs in Warwick, R.I., just before they were scheduled to play Boston Garden, Boston Mayor Kevin White rushed to their rescue.

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